Now that bids are in for the Obama presidential library, Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping a site in Illinois gets picked. Several Chicago sites are contending for the library, along with sites in New York and Hawaii. Monday was the deadline for submitting initial proposals, and Quinn believes in the end, Obama will choose his home state and city—but he isn’t favoring any particular site.


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“I’m neutral,” Quinn said. “I want to make sure it’s in Illinois. I don’t think it should be anywhere else but our state.”

The Barack Obama Foundation is charge of weighing the submissions. It’s not clear whether it will announce any frontrunners, but a final decision on where the library will be built is expected next year.

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